Fish in a barrel and feelings by the bucket, it’s Pisces season. As whimsical as it is destructive, Piscean energy draws from intuition, liminal spaces, salt lamps, bathtubs and the ghost of George Harrison. The most innately creative sign of the zodiac and undoubtedly the first to keep a dream journal, Pisces is refreshingly devoid of the hesitation and doubt that hinder full expression of art or feeling. A Pisces friend recently shared with me the lesson to be learned from this time: Unused energy is a malignant force. It doesn’t dissipate; it transmutes into dark matter. The same applies to untapped emotions. The meditation and medicine is to feel everything as acutely as possible while recognizing that all is temporary. Let it out and let it go.
Feb. 19 to March 20
Fellow Pisces and voice of god Nina Simone advised, “You have to learn to get up from the table when love is no longer being served.” What Nina didn’t say, but what I trust you, fellow fish, will soon learn to believe, is that you have your own stores of love, enough to spread yourself a feast. Leave the starving table of others and serve yourself.
Notable Pisces: Jordan Peele / Feb. 21, 1979
March 21 to April 19
Film star and fellow Aries Mary Pickford had a rough go as a kiddo. Abandoned by her drunkard father, she grew up impoverished in a home she shared with strange boarders. “I was forced to live far beyond my years when I was a child; now I have reversed the order and I intend to remain young indefinitely.” I bring you the inverted childhood of Mary as a model for happiness, Aries. You alone decide how young you are and how free you feel.
Notable Aries: Lawrence Ferlinghetti / March 24, 1919
April 20 to May 20
Warrior planet Mars enters your second house of assets and cash money this month, Taurus. While this is an auspicious time to generate income and receive new opportunities, there is a deeper plan at work. As doors open and pockets empty, remember that your work is worthy of compensation and that you wholly deserve, and should feel no guilt in claiming, the abundance that is offered.
Notable Taurus: Ma Rainey / April 26, 1886
May 21 to June 20
Fantasy writer and unabashed goth Holly Black has a warning about wanting. “That’s what comes of hungering for something; you forget to check if it’s rotten before you gobble it down.” As Pisces season asks you to consider whom and what you have appetites for, Gemini, investigate the object of your desire before you commit to its consumption.
Notable Gemini: Priscilla Presley / May 24, 1945
June 21 to July 22
Mystic and fellow moon child Peter Deunov asks, “What sort of love is permeated by jealousy? You are jealous because you are unaware that everything you need is inside you.” I hope Pete’s words resonate as you move through this watery season of feeling less than enough. Nothing should be coveted and nothing can be taken from you if you trust that you are all that you could ever need.
Notable Cancer: P.T. Barnum / July 5, 1810
July 23 to Aug. 22
Silent movie star, original sinner and fellow Leo Theda Bara said, “To be good is to be forgotten.” I appreciate Theda’s theatrics, but I have a different suggestion for the weeks ahead: Be wildly, unreasonably kind to everyone you meet; doing good is the only thing worth being remembered for.
Notable Leo: Phoebe Bridgers / Aug. 17, 1994
Aug. 23 to Sept. 22
Director and fellow Virgo Tyler Perry has a theory: “The most dangerous person in the world is a person with nothing to lose. The most powerful person in the world is a person with nothing to prove.” Now, more than ever, you are equal parts power and danger, Virgo. Without the burden of proof or the leverage of loss, you are at long last free to do, be, conquer, claim, exalt, whatever you want.
Notable Virgo: Lennox Lewis / Sept. 2, 1965
Sept. 23 to Oct. 22
Stuntman and fellow Libra Evel Knievel worked for a spell as an insurance salesman. He dreamed of climbing the ranks to become VP of the agency. When he was passed over for promotion he abruptly quit and began selling motorcycles and, consequently, planning high-wire stunts as a way to promote their sale. The moral of Evel’s story and the lesson for you, dear Libra, is this: Not getting what you want is often exactly what you need.
Notable Libra: Ray Charles / Sept. 23, 1930
Oct. 23 to Nov. 21
Human connection specialist and fellow Scorpio Mark Groves writes, “Every time you hold back the truth you make fear more important than love. The depth of your ability to love will always be mirrored by your ability to be honest.” Do these words reverberate in you from tip to scorpion tail? Dive deep, don’t flinch, and remember: truth is the midwife of love.
Notable Scorpio: Mads Mikkelsen / Nov. 22, 1965
Nov. 22 to Dec. 21
A very wise, very pregnant Sagittarius friend, reflecting on the stages of her own life, advised, “We need different horses for different courses.” As your trajectory shifts and your course is replotted, archer, I hope this mantra will serve you. If you’re going where you’ve never been, you’ll need new hooves to take you.
Notable Sagittarius: Walt Disney / Dec. 5, 1901
Dec. 22 to Jan. 19
Firestarter planet Mars is making rounds in your sixth house of health and wellbeing. As an earth sign, you’re innately aware of what your body needs to sustain itself: sex, sleep, a warm meal, a cold drink, fresh air. You’re less adept at addressing your need for emotional and spiritual sustenance. Health comes only from wholeness and in order to feel fully vital, you’ll need to feed every part of yourself.
Notable Capricorn: Anna May Wong / Jan. 3, 1905
Jan. 20 to Feb. 18
You’re likely feeling the fallout of the recent standoff between your two ruling planets, troublemaker Uranus and no-fun-for-anyone taskmaster, Saturn. This could manifest as an uncomfortable pull between personal priorities and meeting the emotional needs of others. Decide what you want and defend your right to want it. People-pleasing and word-mincing will only confuse all parties. It is more important for you to be clear than kind.
Notable Aquarius: John Belushi / Jan. 24, 1949